After a very traditional first day in Nashville, my brother in law had the fun idea to do something not super traditional, a tour with Nashville Pedal Tavern. Nashville Pedal Tavern is basically a big bar on wheels where everybody pedals together to make the bike move from bar to bar.

The Wandering Weekenders- Day Drinking With Nashville Pedal Tavern

Nashville Pedal Tavern Tour Options

Besides country music, Nashville is also known for having quite a good bar scene, which is why it’s becoming one of the bachelorette capitals of the United States. When most people think of Nashville, they usually think of Broadway, the big stretch of honkytonks and bars in the middle of downtown Nashville. What most people might not know is that there are actually multiple bar areas to explore in Nashville, and Nashville Pedal Tavern gives you the opportunity to explore them all.

The Wandering Weekenders- Day Drinking With Nashville Pedal Tavern
Literally means party bike in German!

We opted to explore the Midtown Route, which takes you to where all the locals go, but there’s also the option to explore Broadway and even a brewery route. There’s even an option to explore Broadway in the height of the activity, the night time! We saw them pass by one night when we were on Broadway and it looked like they were having a blast!

Booking A Tour With Nashville Pedal Tavern

I would suggest booking your tour with Nashville Pedal Tavern as quickly as possible because the tour times go very quickly! We originally wanted to do our tour on Saturday afternoon, but we had to change our plans to Friday because there weren’t any times available on Saturday.

The Wandering Weekenders- Day Drinking With Nashville Pedal Tavern

Your confirmation will tell you to meet up about 15 minutes before tour starts, and you want to try and meet that deadline because you have to sign a waiver before starting the tour. Just think, typically bikes and drunk people do not mix, so they want to have their butts covered. We literally got stopped by a train for a good 10 minutes on our way to catch our tour and had to quickly sign our lives away before running to catch our bike. Don’t worry though, if you are running super late because of a crazy long train, you can always catch up with your bike at their first stop.

The Rules With Nashville Pedal Tavern

Once you’ve signed your life away, it’s now time to meet everyone that’s joining you on your bar scene tour. We started off our tour introducing ourselves to the two other groups on our tour, a bachelorette party and a group of girlfriends on a getaway together, and our tour guide/bar tender Niko.

The Wandering Weekenders- Day Drinking With Nashville Pedal Tavern

After our introductions, Niko filled up our cups with the drinks that we brought (you’re allowed to bring as much or as little alcohol as you want on the tour as long as it’s not in a glass container), gave us the rules while we’re on our tour (no standing up, and pretty much to repeat commands after him), and the drinking game rules (pretty much anytime anybody does anything while you’re on the Pedal Tavern you should drink).

What To Expect With Nashville Pedal Tavern

Once we finished going through all the rules, we all had our drinks, the music was playing, Niko hopped in the driver’s seat and yelled “PEDAL”, we all yelled “PEDAL” back, and we were on our way! I have to admit, it was definitely a workout to pedal on the pedal tavern, but we had a blast singing along with the music and drinking our beers while pedaling to our first bar.

The Wandering Weekenders- Day Drinking With Nashville Pedal Tavern

During our tour with Nashville Pedal Tavern, we stopped at three different bars which all offered drink specials, and some even offered food specials. Don’t feel obligated to go into all of the bars though, at the last bar we opted to just drink outside on our bike and got to know Niko a little bit better. Also, besides just pedaling to all of the different bars on your tour, your tour guide will make sure you have a good time. We played your typical college drinking game like Thunder and Flip Cup which really helped us to let loose and get to know the other people on our tour.

The Wandering Weekenders- Day Drinking With Nashville Pedal Tavern

After your third and final bar stop, there is a truck that will come by to pick up the bike, so be prepared to walk back to the Nashville Pedal Tavern office if you parked there. Also don’t forget that your tour guide/bartender is in the tourist industry, so don’t forget to tip for great service!

All in all, we had such a blast during our time with Nashville Pedal Tavern, and we would totally do this all over again. I know that this is something that you can do in your hometown (we have pedal taverns in Houston), but I thought that it really let us see a different part of Nashville that we might not have experienced if we didn’t do the pedal tavern. We ended up liking the Midtown area so much that we went back there another day. Plus, you kind of got a little bit of a workout while you got your drink on!

The Wandering Weekenders- Day Drinking With Nashville Pedal Tavern

What do you think, would you want to do a tour with Nashville Pedal Tavern on your trip to Music City?

Linking up with Bonnie at A Compass Rose, Lauren at Lauren on Location, and Courtney from Alkeks Abroad for the Travel Tuesday linkup!

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  • Every time we go to Nashville we see these pedal taverns. I think they looks like so much fun. Love your pictures.

    • It really was a blast, and a great way to experience the city in a non traditional fashion. We even saw the night ones and were wondering why we didn’t book one of those too!

  • Oh my gosh how fun is this?! Such a crazy but cool idea, and I’m dyyyying to visit Nashville.

    • It was seriously so much fun, and I would definitely recommend it! And we loved Nashville so much, so I think you should try to get visit as soon as possible!

  • VERY FUN! These are a huge deal in Portland with their craft brew scene. When my husband and I lived downtown there, we were on their route and so they passed us all day, every day – hooting and hollering, ha.

    • We were definitely part of that hooting and hollering crowd! We have these tours in Houston too, but I thought that it was a great way to get to know a different part of Nashville. I bet the ones in Portland are a lot of fun, especially if they take you to a bunch of craft breweries!

  • When we were in Nashville two years ago, we saw these everywhere! They look like so much fun and if we get a chance to go back, we’ll definitely do a tour.

    • They really were a blast! We enjoyed getting to see a different part of Nashville other than just Broadway with the Midtown tour, but the night tour of Broadway looked like a blast!

  • SO MUCH FUN! I did one of these recently for a friend’s birthday here in Florida and it was a blast!

    Green Fashionista

    • We seriously had the best time! They have them in Houston too, and I’m wondering if I could convince other people to do one with me here!

  • Pamela

    SO FUN! Hahaha Kate is referring to my birthday in the comment below! 🙂 We did this for my birthday in Orlando and it was a blast bust super hot. I guess that’s what happens in the middle of summer in FL! It would be amazing to do in Nashville!

    • I think that it’s so awesome that y’all are such a tight knit group of friends and hang out so much together!
      I could definitely see how it might be a little hit in Florida to do one of these tours. I was even starting to sweat a little bit and it was only in the 80s! There’s definitely some work involved!

  • this is so awesome! Louisville has something like this, but it’s not very popular (because Louisville is not very popular lol). because it’s not as popular, you have to have enough people in your group to do the whole thing, if that makes sense. i would totally do this if i was able to join other groups!

    • Oh yeah, if you don’t have enough people, it would make for a very miserable trip because you’re trying to pedal the whole thing with too little people. Although, at the end of the day, I don’t think that the bachelorette party we were with was really pedaling that much so we were making up for their lack of pedaling. I’m going to chalk that up to getting my work out in for the day lol

      • Owen Wheeler

        Keep in mind that, although they don’t tell you, the thing has a motor!

  • We did something similar a few months ago in Florida but it was way too hot outside! I can’t wait to explore the bar scene in Nashville hopefully next year.

    • I really hope you visit Nashville next year! I think that you would love it, especially since you loved New Orleans! And I bet that y’all were super hot doing one of these in Florida in the summer! I was hot just walking around Disney during December some days!

  • I’ve always wanted to do one of these!!!! Well, for a few months since I first discovered them. They were really big in Europe! Such a fun way to do a tour!

    • I thought that it was such a different way to see the city than just walking around. We ended up liking the midtown area of Nashville so much that we went back there later on during the trip to hang out.

  • Everyone always looks like they’re having so much fun on these! Looks like a blast!

  • Biana Perez

    I’ve seen these in a few cities and they look so fun!! I feel confident on this even though I dont know how to ride a bike lol! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • This is hysterical! I must try this. This looks like so much fun/potential disaster at the same time! I was just in Nashville too, dangit.

    • It was so much fun! They tried to make the whole tour like a big party with drinking games and music and all sorts of fun things! They have them in other cities too, but it was fun to do the tour in a Nashville while we were visiting.

  • Julie Wunder

    How much fun! This is on my must do list! They added one of these to the Asheville downtown area too.

    • They are such a blast! I enjoyed getting to experience a new city, but I think it would be fun in my hometown too!

  • Wandering Flats

    Hhhaha that is hilarious. I saw something like that in London too. Maybe one day I will do that!!!

    • We loved it because it was such a different thing to do in Nashville, so I definitely recommend doing it once to everybody!

  • This sounds like SO much fun!! We have one of these in Baltimore, but I never realized everything that was involved. Something else to add to my list to try and do in Nashville. How awesome!

    • I think that there’s just more prep involved when you’re actually trying to pick your day that you want to do the pedal tavern than when you’re actually doing the tour. We basically just had to sit back and enjoy our beers once we got there! And pedal a little bit!

  • I always saw these when we lived in Houston! They look like fun, but I prefer not to workout while I drink 😉 but I do like the idea of trying it out in a new town. Sounds like it was great way to get your bearings and meet new people.

    • I think that the working out part is the main reason people decide not to do a pedal tavern. But there is a couple of spots in the back that don’t have pedals so you could always sit back there and enjoy watching the other people pedal you around 😉
      It really was the perfect way to learn about a new city and an area that we didn’t know that much about!